Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit

Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources 

This guide provides information on locating

military unit histories and individual service

records of discharged, retired, and deceased

military personnel. It also provides information

on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for

military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.

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Appeals of Denied Claims

You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes.

The Board of Veterans Appeals

The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

How To Appeal A Denied Claim

Send Your Documents,

Forms & Evidence here...

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Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI 53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax: 844-531-7818

Regional Loan Center

Contact Information

Vocational Rehabilitation

and Employment

Contact your VARO

Pension Management Centers

Education and Training
Regional Processing Offices

VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.

Find your region here.

VBA  Derivative Benefits Eligibility

The VA Benefit Eligibility Matrix

There are additional benefits that you may be

eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for

a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.

These are known as derivatives.

Veterans Nutrition Vitamins Supplements

The White House Veterans

Complaint Line is open


Military Veteran T-Shirt
Dysfunctional Veteran Cap
Tactical Military Gear
Federal Register
Agent Orange Newsletter
Veterans App Store
Hepatitis C Treatment

Veterans notified of potential VA eBenefits breach

The issue has to do with the VA's eBenefits where some of the veterans' information has

reportedly been compromised. 

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Pinups For Veterans

VA Form 21-526EZ

Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under

38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance

/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child

VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement
VA Form 21-534 EZ
Application for DIC,

Death Pension
Change of Address​

Add Your Dependents

Declaration of Status of Dependents

TDIU Annual

VA Form 4140

I am a Veteran

Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be

eligible for a broad range of

programs and services

provided by the

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Website Monitoring Tool

VA Disability - When the initial decision finds no "nexus"
What is the "nexus" and why is it important? 

From the desk of Drew Early

​Veterans Law Attorney

Veterans Clinical Psychologist

VA Health Centers Struggle To Attract Tennessee’s Young Veterans

"I think the problem is, the veterans don't want to come to the VA,

and the VA doesn't want to come to them" 

Trump Surprises Acting VA Secretary With Nomination to Lead Department

This is what happens when all the qualified people decline to interview for the job.

We've already drawn from the second string of barely eligible players and predictably, they 

failed. Wilkie is probably a nice enough guy and a patriot who is in the wrong place at the

wrong time. I've got 5 bucks that says his career is in flames by year end. Anyone???

Disability Benefits Questionnaires 


Every claim will generate some form or fashion of C & P exam. The C & P exam is as

unavoidable as death and taxes. Veterans dread the C & P exam because it's so often

wrong. You can control the situation...have a DBQ done by a disability expert! Talk with

Dr. Bash today about getting your DBQ signed off by an expert with years of experience.

How to Increase an Existing VA Disability Rating

The application process is pretty easy, you can DIY in no time.

We provide the "How To" details here.

Upgrade Your My HealtheVet Account to Premium
Wondering why you should consider upgrading to a Premium My HealtheVet account? A Premium account gives My HealtheVet members the highest level of access to My HealtheVet features.

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

The Committee values all feedback.
Mailing Address
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Office: (202) 225-3527   Fax: (202) 225-5486

Compensation Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

​General Information on IU Claims     Evaluating Evidence to Establish Entitlement to IU

​Special Considerations in IU Claims    

Rating Decision Addressing a Veteran’s Failure to Complete a Field Examination

​Poverty Threshold Information   ​​

What benefits does Social Security offer spouses?

It is my belief that non-working (non-contributing) spouses receive their own Social

Security -- if they have in fact worked at all during their lifetime and qualify for

their own benefits -- plus up to half of their spouses' monthly amount without compromising

the higher earner's benefit. Is that correct? It seems multiple wives of one husband can collect Social Security provided they were married at least 10 years. What's wrong with this picture?

Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Bringing You Down???

Are you depressed, anxious, angry or moody because of your hearing problems?

Did you know your mental health issues may be secondary to hearing loss or tinnitus?


Dr. Brett Valette is a clinical psychologist specializing in veterans mental health disability.

If you're suffering with problems you believe may be caused or aggravated by hearing loss,

contact Dr. Valette and ask if you may have a secondary service connected condition.

Life Insurance
VA provides Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families with $1.3 trillion

in insurance coverage each year. VA also offers a variety of life insurance options

VA Benefits for Your Child

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:

(1) education benefits — servicemembers may transfer the GI Bill to their dependent

children before leaving service; (2) health care — CHAMPVA provides coverage to eligible

dependent children; (3) life insurance — family coverage is available to members insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI); and (4) memorial benefits — minor or unmarried adult children may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. Also, specific benefits are available for children of servicemembers who died or were seriously injured in the line of duty.​​

DoD report: Contaminated water at Altus military base, 125 others

Pentagon officials said the drinking water issues have been addressed and they are now

working with members of Congress on making sure the groundwater is safe. "We want all our

military members to be protected," Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, said.

Dear Jim's Mailbag...

Is squamous cell carcinoma presumptive to service during Desert Storm?

​Student loan debt discharge for 100% TDIU veterans?

​Is there any truth to the rumor about 100% benefits after age 70?

VA Caregiver: when is one assigned?

Do I need Medicare Part B if I am 100% service connected disabled?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) and benefits?

Reconsideration Requests for Benefits?

Vet Centers and treatment for addiction?

Want answers to these questions and a whole lot more? Click here.

VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

The numbers looked arbitrary from city to city, which was bad luck for the Wilmots — they go to the Charleston, S.C., VA, which dropped 94 percent of its caregivers in three years. Current VA statistics suggest the Wilmots aren't alone — the Charleston, S.C., VA is still down 93 percent from 2014. There are only 13 approved caregivers on the program there. The South Texas VA had 342 in 2014. Last year it was down to 177. Now there are only 40. Northern Arizona kept cutting; so did Puget Sound. Fayetteville, N.C., had 570 caregivers in 2014; 350 have been cut, including Ashley Sitorius and her husband, William.

In veterans, even a mild case of traumatic brain injury is

linked to an increased risk of dementia

Mild traumatic brain injury may sound like an oxymoron, along the lines of

“jumbo shrimp” or “random order.” But a new study shows that mild TBIs can have serious

consequences for military veterans by raising their risk of dementia.

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In the Spotlight
Keeping Up with All Your VA Appointments
My HealtheVet can help Veterans organize and schedule health care appointments.

Veterans Law Attorney
Veterans Questions and Answers

Veterans: You May Be Missing Disability Rating Upgrade Opportunity

Many Medically Discharged Vets Missing Out on Rating Upgrade

Many medically-discharged veterans who had their disability rating "low-balled" by their service branch may be missing out on an opportunity to have their disability upgraded. In 2009 Congress mandated that a Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) be formed to reevaluate the disability ratings of up to 71,000 veterans. However, to date only about 19,000 of the eligible veterans have applied for a review.

VA Benefit Identifier
National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is pleased to present the first of its kind app for use by military veterans and their advocates, available

for download through the NVLSP website,  

Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. This application helps veterans, with or without the assistance of a veteran’s advocate, determine specific VA benefits to which they are likely entitled.

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Dependents, Pension


Central Intelligence Agency
Electronic Reading Room


Chicago Tribune

Christian Science Monitor

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C & P Exams

Everything You Need To Survive

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Discharges & Military Records

Daily Caller

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DENIED!!!   How To Appeal


Education For Dependents

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Benefits Garnishment

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The Federal Register

Financial Times

FOX News

Free Beacon

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The Guardian

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IMO  IME  DBQs   Nexus Letters

India Times


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The Jerusalem Post


Medical Records Review

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Moscow Times

M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual
National Personnel Records Center

New York Times
Mother Jones

National Enquirer

Patient Record Flags

New Outreach for Vets Regarding
Discharges & Military Records.

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Smoking Gun

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The Sun

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USA Today

U.S. Medicine
Veterans Benefits Administration
Fact Sheets

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VA urges veterans to be
screened for hepatitis C

VA’s Airborne Hazards and Open Burn
Pit Registry for Veterans and Servicemembers

VA Payment for Emergency Care

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Veterans Benefits Administration
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Veterans injured by service wait
years for compensation hearings

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Weekly World News

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Mental health resources for veterans, families

Many state and local organizations help

veterans and their families.

Here are some resources for mental

health and suicide prevention.

Benefits from Other Federal Agencies

A general list of other Federal agencies that

offer benefit programs and resources for

Service members, Veterans, and their families.

Veterans Legal Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.

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Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads

When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing​

Permanent & Total   P & T

What does that mean for you?


The state or quality of lasting or remaining unchanged indefinitely.

RAMP Letter?

You need to review that with an attorney who has the experience to advise you. The GloverLuck firm in Dallas, TX is offering a free review of your RAMP letter. Talk with them today!

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As we wait for a new VA Secretary to be nominated, it causes me to think;  why just a new Secretary and not a new Agency as well?
If we look at the existing Agency model, I don’t anyone will disagree it has its issues as attempt after attempt is made to “reform” it.
But, fundamentally, little thought is given to the Agency model itself.  VA is a historic institution that has evolved over time, primarily finding its origins in the immediate post-WWII demobilization effort.  That was 70 years ago—does that same model work today or what can be changed to make provisioning of veterans service better?

The present model flows from the organizational direction of Omar Bradley.  VA hospitals and VA-directly provided health care made sense as civilian medical facilities were ill equipped to handle veterans with catastrophic service-related injuries and diseases far beyond the scope of a local hospital.  That’s not the case today: telemedicine, trauma centers, and the like are routine—almost any medical facility in place within the US today can handle the typical medical issues associated with the veteran population with the singular exception of PTSD treatment.  So, do we really need specific veterans hospitals or do we need to provide for access to medical treatment?  In the end, that type of assessment may well be economically based and that might not be a bad way to consider things, especially given our budget deficit when compared to the rapacious appetite of the VA for funding.  Consider the new Aurora VAMC, initially budgeted at about $667 million, but now coming in at over $1.7 billion.  I am not sure we as a nation can afford that type of expense IF outside providers can provide the same or better quality of care more efficiently.  Jim, I know you have a professional background in healthcare management so I will leave it to you to advise Watchdog readers as to how effective a steward of government resources the VA is when it comes to health care.
Then that brings me to thinking about the VBA and benefits administration.  We all know the processing of claims takes too long and appeals are taking a scandalous amount of time (which is currently being reviewed at higher court levels—indications are that the higher court is going to compel action on the VA as I view the current proceedings).  So, maybe that old-fashioned model needs to be upended as well.  Why not allow online claims AND near-time immediate processing?  That’s what IRS does when you file your taxes—you make a claim, provide the supporting evidence and sign a sworn statement—then you get a refund and the onus falls on the Gov’t to disprove (or doublecheck) what you claimed.  If its accurate, you get paid, if its deceitful, you get indicted for a false statement.  I think for most of us it takes about 3-4 weeks for your tax refund.  Why can’t VA do that?
Now, the “ugly” piece of that—VA monetary benefits are, in certain cases, means tested.  I refer to the pension benefit for which there are income limits.  Might not be a bad idea to apply that same philosophy to compensation, as well—I mean, we can’t afford it—look at the deficit we are already running.  I am not suggesting that low or moderate income veterans or surviving spouses are not entitled to those benefits; I am suggesting that we need to start rethinking compensation and begin to apply some reasonable limits.  I cannot fathom why a high income earner necessarily should also draw compensation if they don’t need it and its all about what we can afford as a nation.  Yes, I am sure that many will view this as sacrilege but I think the alternative of ongoing and uncaring irresponsible budget deficits are just a measure of economic treason being foisted on an American public that doesn’t hold its government accountable. 
So, I hope this generates some thought on  the part of your readers. 

Best, Drew

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Has Your Claim Been Denied?

Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?

You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney. Why not speak

with both at the same time? Dr. Anaise is a physician, surgeon and veterans law attorney.

Dr. Anaise has been providing military veterans with disability benefits help for many years.

Speak with him won't cost anything but a little of your time.

Walmart won't provide more than 7 days worth of opioids for some prescriptions

We've said it for a long time, it isn't the VA taking your pills from you, there's a

nationwide effort to curb deaths from opioids and VA is just a part of it.

Office of Child Support Enforcement

Income Withholding and Medical Support for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions

Veterans Go Back to Court Over Burn Pits. Do They Have a Chance?

The case, which dates back to 2008, consolidated dozens of lawsuits by hundreds of

veterans and their families seeking to recover damages from the military contractor KBR Inc.,

but a trial court dismissed it in July 2017. It could be at a legal dead end unless the panel of

judges, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., overturns the dismissal.

Veterans Medical Opinion Doctor

How older vets can best help younger veterans
Younger vets and those in active duty need the mentoring and sympathetic ear of older vets.

Protect Students, Not Predatory Colleges

An Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was aggressively

recruited by DeVry. He was told that his G.I. Bill benefits would cover all of his tuition,

in addition to giving him a monthly living stipend. However, he

later learned DeVry was saddling him with more than $50,000 in student loans. 

Veterans ID cards feature Office Depot’s logo on back

It took VA 3 years to issue your "free" ID card and now,

you're being sponsored by Office Depot.

Yes, really.

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